Microsoft's upcoming Windows 10 'Sets' feature will let you open apps as Edge browser tabs

Polycount

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If you thought tabs could only be found in web browsers and select text editors, think again. Microsoft's Build 2018 developer conference is still going on and the company has announced a slew of new features for developers and ordinary Windows 10 users alike.

One of these features will be Windows 10 "Sets." Sets are essentially tabs for every app in Windows 10 - if you're scrolling through Twitter and see someone announce an upcoming party, you could quickly open Notepad in a new browser tab to jot down the information.

However, as nice as this feature sounds, there is a catch. Initially, Sets will only be available to those who use Microsoft's Edge browser. While that makes sense from a business perspective, it's certainly going to disappoint those who prefer the likes of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

At any rate, Sets will also allow you to restore tab groups that you previously had open when you switch on your computer for the day. This should allow for a greater degree of continuity while working.

You'll also be able to sync and restore app groups across numerous mobile and desktop devices through the integration of Microsoft's Timelines tool. It's unclear when exactly Sets will be arriving for ordinary users, but Windows Insiders have had access to the feature for some time now, so it's likely the feature will arrive with the next major Windows 10 update.

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BSim500

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"Microsoft is blurring the line between desktop apps and web pages"
Sounds like a huge security threat:-

User - Whitelists Firewall for only MS Edge...

Microsoft - "Congratulations! Our new "sets" upgrade means every app on your computer is now technically MS Edge and MS Edge technically runs in every app!"

User - "Great. ActiveX Windows 10 Edition. Just what everyone "asked" for... /s"
 
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senketsu

MS still jamming their webpages down user's throats. I have it set for Google.ca, but it usually opens to some MS page. Then when you open a new tab, you cannot get it to open a page other than the one MS wants. Even though home is set to google.ca, when I hit the home icon, it opens a MS page. Grrrr
 

H3llion

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Or make Edge better for those who care? Still behind Chome/Firefox at times when it comes to supporting certain CSS markup.
 

Puiu

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Or make Edge better for those who care? Still behind Chome/Firefox at times when it comes to supporting certain CSS markup.
Indeed they need to decouple important Edge updates from the big Windows updates.